Some Trick

Some Trick

Thirteen Stories

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world's piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. "Look," a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, where things prove "more complicated than they had first appeared" and "at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate." In various ways, each tale carries DeWitt's signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly "taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination."
Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780811227827
Branch Call Number: DEWIT
Characteristics: viii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Aug 05, 2018

Sometimes a book comes along that disrupts your idea of fiction. This is one those books. But I don't mean it in a good way. I was reading (sorta) the thirteen stories in Helen DeWitt's book and wondering, "Is this literature?" and "Is this good?" I know I didn't enjoy any of it, despite some rave reviews. Apparently, some people think she's funny, but I've had therapy sessions that were funnier. Still, if you're looking for something different and something that has no interest in pandering to an audience, this is your book. It's like George Saunders if he didn't care about his readers and knew like 10 languages.

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